Borger and Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar next month because of the country’s tough restrictions on what players wear on court.
“We are there to do our job, but are being prevented from wearing our work clothes,” Borger told radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday. “This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job — and that’s what we’re criticizing.”
The statement comes as Qatar prepares to host the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball event in March. It will be the first time Doha has hosted a women’s World Tour event, though the city has frequently hosted men’s events over the past seven years.